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Singer Jay Chou discloses marriage plans for first time

TAIPEI -- Taiwanese singer-songwriter Jay Chou (周杰倫) said Tuesday he will get married before his 36th birthday in January next year, the first time the star has stated publicly his plans to tie the knot.

Answering reporters' questions about his marriage plans before a Golden Melody music lecture in Taipei, Chou said he was a “man of his word” and will “definitely” get married by January.

Chou, one of the biggest names on the Mandopop scene, said he has yet to propose, but will think of a romantic way to pop the question.

Chou and his 20-year-old Taiwanese-Australian girlfriend Hannah Quinlivan (昆凌) have been spotted out and about recently.

They were pictured visiting a night market in Kaohsiung and touring Tamsui in New Taipei this month, sparking rumors that the two will get hitched soon.

In response, the star said he was trying out living a normal life, one that does not include wearing a mask to protect his identity when going out.

“People still know it's you even with the masks. So you might as well not wear them,” he said.

The couple has been under intense media scrutiny since they were spotted together in public in 2011.

The pop star's marriage announcement will surely break the hearts of many fans. Chou topped a recent poll conducted by online data analysis site DailyView that ranked the top 10 Taiwanese male celebrities that respondents most wanted to marry in 2014.

Chou also revealed Tuesday that he will release a new album in September and has finished composing five or six songs for the album.

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